10.01.2014

CLASSY AND FABULOUS // IS DOWNSIZING AN OPTION


Sometimes I sit back and look at the things I wear and realize that the things I like to wear change. It doesn't happen fast and it isn't something I even really notice until the seasons change and I start to pull out my old clothes from that season last year. I've noticed it a bit this year actually now that we're moving into fall and the mornings are chillier, I'm needing sweaters and layers a bit more, and I can't wear my Birkenstocks ever where I go (even if I still do.)

I don't honestly know what that means for me or if really I'll do anything about it. But sometime I would like to think that maybe I should. I would love to say that I am a minimalist and I could get my personal wardrobe down to 37 pieces and have a capsule type wardrobe. (Read more about it here... honestly it is incredibly fascinating to me!) I absolutely love the idea but let's face it... I'm a impulse shopper and can't help myself when I find a fun inexpensive trendy piece. The fact though is true... I only wear it a few times and then it just sits there in my closet slowly losing steam on the trendy train until at last it has past it's prime and is completely gone.

My gosh maybe I do need to do something about my wardrobe. I mean really... I already wear basically the same thing everyday anyway. Look at my outfits for the past week, its honestly the same thing everyday--skinny jeans (or leggings), t-shirt... always over-sized, over-sized layer of some kind, lots of jewelry, and my Birkenstocks. Maybe I really do need to put a little more thought into the capsule wardrobe, or at least taking some serious time to go through my wardrobe and downsize a bit. What do you think? Could you do the capsule wardrobe? Anyone out there with me?!

9.30.2014

MOTHERHOOD // LITTLE FACES

Little ones are hard to capture. There is so much happening, so much movement, learning, and talking... it's a constant flow of LIFE! Goodness I wish I could capture all those sweet little moments, the little conversations between my two babies, the funny faces they make, just all of it. I want to bottle it all up, record it all, capture it and remember it forever. Just their little faces...


Above all though, watching my two littles play together brings a happiness that is beyond all else. I wish I could record every conversation... like just the other day Christopher was in the bathroom taking care of business while Mikah was having a snack down the hall in the kitchen. He yells, "Miiiikah!" She replies with a very loud "HUH?!" for a such a small girl. He then proceeds to ask her to come and sit with him while he finishes, "Come and sit a me?" She goes bouncing down the hall (since she walks on her tip toes) her curls bouncing as usual yelling back "Otay!" They then sit and chat while he finishes his business. Talk about the cutest thing ever.

9.25.2014

HOUSE // BIG BOY BEDDDING FOR A BIG BOY BED

My poor boy... his poor room!! It's been pretty neglected I won't lie. I've been doing little things here and there but I think it is time for him to really get an upgrade. He desperately needs a new bed which means he needs new bedding of course and while we're at it might as well do the whole thing right?


I've been dying for the black and white tapestry for his wall and a rug (How do you feel about rugs on carpet ps? We should talk about that one day...) But bedding... yeah still trying to figure out the bedding. What do you think... classic navy with the white lines, bold black and white ethnic, or the simple abstract orange and white?


See all the details here on CUPCAKEMAG!

9.23.2014

CLASSY AND FABULOUS // SUNDAY

skirt: urban outfitters // shirt: target // shoes: birkenstocks // necklaces: shop arroyo, mountain lust  // rings: reverie-the shop, paint the town me

My gosh this time of year is rough sometimes. The weather can't make up its mind, some days it wants to be fall and some days it wants to be summer still. So while you're trying to get into the feel of fall when you're finally feeling it, the weather decides to be summer again. Awesome right? Yeah...

That's exactly how I was feeling Sunday. Throw on top of that waking up with a pounding headache, a husband who was out of the country, two toddlers who didn't get enough sleep, that particular time of month for the ladies, church to be to.......... 

Four outfits later and thirty five minutes late to church I finally put on the original outfit I had on (go figure) which happened to be the same skirt as last week, a fairly casual graphic baseball tee, and Birkenstock clogs that haven't seen daylight since ninth grade, but you know what? What the heck! It was comfortable, modest, and at least I made it to the last part of church right?

9.22.2014

MOM TALK // BABYSITTERS AND DATE NIGHT


First let's just apologize for the absolutely terribly grainy photos... but hey date night does happen at night!

Time for a little mom talk today... One of the hardest things I think I've found as a mom to littles is getting time alone with my husband and even just time to myself. Usually to get those things, a babysitter is needed... well they are a tricky thing sometimes, am I right? But seriously, I need date night!! Especially if it includes a night out at a fabulously long delicious dinner.

For me there are a few things I look for in a babysitter, someone who is going to be okay when my kids freak out because they discovered I am gone. I'm pretty sure it always happens. I also need someone who is perfectly okay putting my kids to bed and playing with them until bedtime comes. But then again those are the things everyone looks for right?

So what are the special things that separate the really good babysitters from the average ones? For me... it's when they clean up. If I come home and my house is tidied up and toys put away, dishes washed up and kitchen clean, AND my kids are happy and asleep in bed. Yeah... they should probably just clear their schedule every week because I will seriously play top dollar for that! So spill it... What is that one thing that keeps you calling that particular person? Is it a cheaper rate? They drive? Your kids talk about them the next day? I want to hear it!!

And since I mentioned rate... do your babysitters give you a particular price per hour? Sometimes I wish they would just say, "Yeah I charge _____ per hour" you know? I seriously hate the guessing game. How do you know if they're happy with what you pay them?? Cause honestly how often is a babysitter going to say, yeah that wasn't enough?

My gosh I think I could talk about babysitters forever... And if you've babysat for me and you're reading this... You guys have all totally rocked! Love you!


9.19.2014

CLASSY AND FABULOUS // TIME FOR PLAIDS

shirt: free people // pants: hm // plaid: thrifted // bag: target // shoes: birkenstocks // necklaces: moorea seal, christina nicole, shop arroyo // bracelets: mountain lust jewelry, nickel and suede // pompom keychain: ten things jewelry

It's true... I'm obsessed with over-sized plaid shirts. I picked up a few at the thrift store the other day and they've become my go-to's this past week with the chilly mornings setting in. Once the warmer weather sets in later in the day though I've been at a lost as to what to do with them and I'll be honest, I've had a hard time wanting to tie anything around my gigantic hips. Plus, have you ever noticed what it makes a booty that isn't completely flat look like? Yeah... it wasn't working on me. Until I tied it up under a long over-sized shirt... Pretty sure that's the only way it is going to work for me. What do you think about this whole tied-around-the-waist trend these days? Yes or no? BE HONEST!! Because sometimes it kind of reminds me of middle school.......

In other news... I want to run away with this purse. Basically between that and my chair, my life is complete!

And to really throw it off... how do you feel about plaids in interiors? I might be liking them a little...

9.16.2014

MY NEWEST LOVE // THE CHAIR

It is true my friends... I talked my husband into driving over three hours round trip for a chair. Yep, I said it... a chair. And you know what?? He didn't even like it! I showed him a picture of it and his first words were... that is ugly! I don't want that in my house! But the fact is he is a wonderful husband and he made the drive with me. We met a super cute lady in the most gorgeously quaint neighborhood in what felt like the middle of no where somewhere outside Olympia Washington and picked up the my newest obsession. I seriously think it was meant to be... the thing fit PERFECTLY into my car and other than the 20 or so minutes of screaming from Mikah on the way down while we were stuck in traffic the kids were pretty good!

And my gosh... you can't tell me that chair doesn't look AAMMMAZING in my living room right?! Even my husband has fallen for it! Probably because he drove three hours for it, right?


Now the question though remains... what side of the fireplace?! I love it in the corner under the plants because well, how can you not love that perfectly bohemian vintage pairing? What better to go with a wicker peacock chair than some macrame plant hangers and a gold table? Plus it helps I feel to anchor the room a little more, the taller chair in the corner.


But the chair is such a fabulous piece from all around that I'm having a hard time putting it in a corner. When it is on the left side of the fire place you're able to see more of it. It's more of a statement piece. Plus, when the sun hits it in the morning I seriously want to die! And I do like how it creates a little sense of separation between the dining room and living room.


My gosh are you lost yet? I've lost myself... Right now I'm letting it percolate. I do that with things... test them in a couple different places before finding the perfect spot. So what's your verdict? In the corner or not in the corner? (And yes you can say it, I'm totally crazy. I know.)

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